Galaxy Zoo Talk

what is the giant red cross-is it the beams of a giant star or something or a galaxy?

  • Kelsey_Holden by Kelsey_Holden

    What is the giant red cross? Is it the beams of a giant star or perhaps a whole galaxy? This appears to be a very blurry image. I'm not sure I think there are various other galaxies in the background. I would so appreciate it if someone could write me back about this image. I'm taking an astronomy class in college and would really appreciate a response.Thanks so much!


  • ElisabethB by ElisabethB moderator

    The spiky object is a foreground star from our galaxy. The colors, spikes (diffraction spikes) and rings are all optical artifacts. The fuzzy objects in this image are galaxies.

    Happy hunting ! 😄